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Re-reading this article after all this time, I have to say, I don't feel any need to remove or alter any of its main points. Writing has always been a subject I feel strongly about and all the targets here remain just as valid (for me, at any rate) as they did then.

In fact, if I was going to make any change to this article, it would be to make an addition to the section on expletives. Even worse than the "frellings" and the "freakings" are the symbols. You know what I mean - writing "@%$$&!" instead of writing the word in full.

Possibly the worst example of this that I've seen recently is Albion by Leah Moore and John Reppion. Don't get me wrong - I like the book enormously but symbols just break up the flow of the narrative and, in Albion, symbols are used a lot!

For my money, as I've said in this article, the correct way of dealing with this is to spell the words out in full (and accept that your audience is going to be that much smaller) or find alternative words that are more appropriate to an "all ages" mainstream publication. Either would be @%$$&!-ing preferable to the use of symbols.